Inside the Studio

Blake on 'Placeholder'

Blake Aaseby takes us behind the scenes with his new series of paintings ‘Placeholder’, which explore memory through rhythmic mark-making.

E978bbb7 cfb6 4397 9698 ffdb208ad52a
9eaa2ee0 cdaf 4ab3 8970 07cc83f9135a
D84d6ab1 4afc 40c7 ac26 7d878f3ac44e

“My work has always found itself, in some form, as a way of slowing simple things down, or better yet, a way of exploring the intricate landscapes of the fleeting. I’m fascinated with the concept of significance or loss over time and captivated by small moments and giving them a deserved sense of value and rightful attention. I daily find myself analyzing the scuffs and markings on an object, the shapes of stains, even fixated on each stitch in a shirt. The banal of the banal.”

— Blake Aaseby

D5c99b1e 49a5 4b19 892e b4517421293c
99e41697 0eef 44dd a000 ca070bfdb3e4
883760ed 8ccb 4b29 b7ae 17adc5db3893
Cd742e07 d36c 4e58 bc0d ae511ab0ad3d

“Another reason for my obsession with detail is probably due to the fact that I’m severely nearsighted. Without contacts or corrective lenses, clarity disappears about 4 inches from my face. Close proximity is comforting but also is my default way of understanding. I feel as though I’m hyper-focused by nature. ”

— Blake Aaseby

2bc895c3 0d08 479f 919f ee0645e55069
Cb8d35d1 5475 40c2 9e67 fff23429ecdd
479f18dd 7546 405b 9a51 a307556d2471
Abf782f4 37f6 4fc5 830f a9d81a13e900

“For this series, textiles and pointillism were the perfect pairing for my desire to blend mapping and storytelling. I’m drawn to the musicality of pointillism. It’s easy to get lost in the rhythm, pattern, and movement of it all. As a drummer, I relate to the percussive quality of striking pastel on wood panel. The tones, cadences, and gestures come together to form something bigger than its individual self. Just as in a score, each mark plays a part while the absence or restraint of another holds equal weight. Drawing these pieces also allows me to freely explore without worrying about the physical architecture of a textile or its structural integrity.”

— Blake Aaseby

C01d872f ecc0 4871 85bc 3f32797c7021

More From Blake Aaseby

More from Inside the Studio

Tour Artist Studios
De37c97a 7706 4c05 9537 ccea97f6589b
Inside the Studio CHIAOZZA on site-specific installations

Explore the multidisciplinary practice of artist duo CHIAOZZA in this behind-the-scenes look at some of their most recent projects.

More from the Journal

Browse Posts
82ac4ca0 c05c 4006 9497 2ef3408bd578
Meet Evi O.

Evi O.'s paintings are colorful abstractions that recount her daily experience with a sense of humor, sentimentality, and candor.